Writer Recharge Update Three

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It’s February, which means it’s time for Writer Recharge!

Once again hosted by Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij Sara Biren, and myself, Writer Recharge is your chance for a four-week jump start in the middle of a cold, dreary winter. Set goals for yourself, check in once a week, and connect with other recharging writers. Find all the details HERE.

#WriterRecharge Update Three

  • WRITE/REVISE – By the end of February I want to be done drafting my WiP, Stars Like Dust, and I’d like to have started addressing the revision to-do list I’ve made for it. –> So. Much. Better! Thank you all for your words of kindness and commiseration and encouragement in last week’s comments — they helped so much! I wrote and/or revised every day last week but one (I took a break on my birthday) and, though progress is slow, I am moving forward. I’m ~almost~ done drafting Stars Like Dust, and I couldn’t be more relieved and more excited. Guys, I love this story. I shared an excerpt last week, so here’s another: Desperate to fix whatever broke him, I coil my arms around his waist, holding him tightly, lashing all our parts together until we’re seamless. Until we’re one. Until we’re us. I’m in tears and then he is too, and we’re such a mess, such a perfectly beautiful mess, I don’t care if time screeches to a halt and we’re frozen in this colorless hallway for eternity. At least I’ll be frozen with him. #WriterRecharge is quickly coming to a close, and I’m hoping to be able to tell you I’ve reached The End in Friday’s wrap-up post. 
  • READ/REREAD – I’d like to read at least four books this month, at least one non-contemporary, and at least one a non-YA. –> I finished The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson — yay! Such a cool book. I also read I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, which was a heartbreaker, but the amazing kind (also, it was my fourth book for February, so I met this goal!). Now I’m reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not far along yet, but I’m already hooked. 
  • STRETCH – One of my Thirty Before 35 goals is to write something that’s not contemporary YA, so I hope to start brainstorming what that something might be. I have some vague ideas, but writing anything outside the realm of Real Life is a big stretch for me, which means this project is going to require a lot of musing. –> Still brainstorming… Sound familiar? Actually, something real and exciting is taking shape. I plan to start researching and plotting once I finish my draft of Stars Like Dust.
  • SELF – I’d like to pick up yoga again. I’ve been slacking over the last several months, and I hope to practice at least twice a week. –> Success! I practiced yoga four times last week. Hoping to make this a real habit — thanks, #WriterRecharge!
  • CONNECT – Ooh, this one’s easy! I’m headed to West Virginia for a weekend-long writing retreat this Thursday. I’ve never done one, and some of my favorite writing buddies are coming! 
  • FUN – My daughter and I are going to start a quilt this month. Even if we only make it to the store to choose fabrics… it’s happening. –> Success! We picked out fabrics — Hello Kitty was our jumping off point because my girl has decided that this quilt is going to be for our cat. Because Daphne doesn’t have enough places to lounge. 🙂 I can’t wait to start cutting and sewing!
    Participating in Writer Recharge? Don’t forget to head over to Sara’s blog to link your update post!

17 thoughts on “Writer Recharge Update Three

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Aww, thank you! That little excerpt comes from one of my favorites scenes, one of the few scenes in this manuscript that came relatively effortlessly. Imagine that. 🙂 Have a great week, Jennifer!

  1. Jaime Morrow says:

    Love the snippet you shared, Katy! As per usual, it makes me want to gobble the whole thing up. I always like when you share some of your WiP. 🙂 You’re doing so well with all of your goals. I’m especially impressed with the yoga thing. I so wish I could get into an exercise routine and stick with it. Hope you have a great week! Oh, and I can’t wait to see pics of Daphne’s quilt!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Thanks so much, Jaime! Exercise and I have a love/hate relationship, honestly. I go back and forth from being fixated on it to being 100% lazy. I’m working on a happy, healthy middle ground at the moment. And I’ll definitely post photos of our quilt when we finish. 🙂

  2. Elodie says:

    Awww, my heart, Katy, you are a master at breaking it and I thank you for it (yes it sounded less weird in my mind :P). I am cheering you on, because I do hope to get to read STARS LIKE DUST very very soon! And I love that C wants to do the quilt for Daphne. So. Cute. ❤

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Elodie, I would love to have you read all of STARS one of these days. I’m really and truly hoping to finish the first draft by tomorrow — cross your fingers! Also, we need to start sending excerpts again. I miss your creepy-in-the-best way story!

  3. Liz Parker (@LizParkerWrites) says:

    I missed your birthday?! Happy belated birthday!

    God I love your voice in every excerpt you share. If you ever need one more beta…

    Also–four days of yoga! Killing it. I’m trying to get there…up to two so far this week 🙂

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